Tourism could restart by third quarter: Tourism Minister

Tourism Minister Ali Waheed stated that the country will work to open its borders to restart the tourism industry by the third quarter.

Speaking on a CNN program “Quest Means Business” he said the borders will open once the COVID-19 situation subsided and discussion are under with UNWTO regarding the following.

The third quarter starts from July till September. The minister hopes by then the industry would bounce back. The ministers also noted they would meet the guideline of WHO when it reopens and noted all establishment would follow the guidelines. In order to confirm this survey is underway.

He also noted due to its geographical location the Maldives is one the safest and the spread of the virus is lower due to it. Furthermore, he said the government would work to ensure the safety of the tourist.

Since tourism is the countries back bone and the economy has come to stand still due to this. The economy is highly impacted with businesses coming to a stop and US dollar currencies going down.

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